We establish existence and uniqueness for the martingale problem associated with a system of degenerate SDE's representing a catalytic branching network. The drift and branching coefficients are only assumed to be continuous and satisfy some natural non-degeneracy conditions. We assume at most one catalyst per site as is the case for the hypercyclic equation. Here the two-dimensional case with affine drift is required in work of [DGHSS] on mean fields limits of block averages for 2-type branching models on a hierarchical group. The proofs make use of some new methods, including Cotlar's lemma to establish asymptotic orthogonality of the derivatives of an associated semigroup at different times, and a refined integration by parts technique from [DP1].
"Degenerate stochastic differential equations arising from catalytic branching networks." Electron. J. Probab. 13 1808 - 1885, 2008. https://doi.org/10.1214/EJP.v13-568